Tampa Bay Celebrates Turquoise Takeover to End Lung Cancer

Week-long Turquoise Takeover strives to provide hope to those facing lung cancer, fund life-saving research

Next week, May 9 – May 15, the American Lung Association in Tampa Bay will celebrate LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover. 

The LUNG FORCE initiative’s annual Turquoise Takeover unites men and women to raise critical awareness of lung cancer, the nation’s #1 cancer killer. Tampa residents are encouraged to get involved by wearing turquoise, posting to social media and educating themselves about lung cancer. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder of the importance of lung health, especially for those with lung diseases. For many with lung cancer, the burden has become more acute, with the pandemic adding more challenges, such as increased risk of complications from COVID-19 and changes or delays in treatment,” said Steven Riddle, executive director for the Lung Association. “The pandemic also temporarily delayed access to lung cancer screening for many people at high risk. Among diverse communities who have been hardest hit by COVID-19, these difficulties may be even worse. For these reasons and many more, raising awareness and funds for lung health are more important than ever.”

While lung cancer remains the #1 cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., the survival rate has increased by a dramatic 13% over the past 5 years and awareness of this deadly disease has steadily increased. This encouraging trend will be further aided by improved early detection of the disease through lung cancer screening. The Lung Association’s “Saved By the Scan” initiative has helped more than 600,000 people find out if they are eligible for early screening. 

Here in Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center hosts one of the best lung cancer screening programs in the nation. It features sophisticated multi-detector CT instruments, which can catch lung cancer in its earliest stage with great accuracy while minimizing radiation exposure. The program is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, serving the Tampa Bay area in three locations. During the covid-19 pandemic, Telehealth features have been implemented, making it easier than ever to take control of your lung health.

“The Turquoise Takeover Week is a beautiful reminder that lung cancer can happen to anyone including women. In fact, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer for women. Now, there are actions we can take to prevent lung cancer. Moffitt Lung Cancer Screening Program is proud to stand with American Lung Association. We warmly welcome new screeners,” said Dr. Tawee Tanvetyanon, Lung Screening Program Medical Director.

Every year as a part of Turquoise Takeover, landmarks and buildings across our nation turn turquoise - LUNG FORCE’s signature color - to increase education and provide hope for those living with lung cancer. In Tampa on May 11, Truist Place will be illuminated turquoise to raise awareness of lung cancer.

On May 11, the Lung Association is also hosting a free Lung Cancer Patient Virtual Meetup for patients and caregivers. The program is designed for lung cancer patients and caregivers to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer. Those interested can register at Lung.org/patient-meetup.

While lung cancer remains the #1 cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., the survival rate has increased by a dramatic 13% over the past 5 years and awareness of this deadly disease has steadily increased. This encouraging trend will be further aided by improved early detection of the disease through lung cancer screening. The Lung Association’s “Saved By the Scan” initiative has helped more than 600,000 people find out if they are eligible for early screening. 

Those who want to help raise funds and defeat lung cancer can visit LUNGFORCE.org to learn how to get involved.
 

For more information, contact:

Jill Dale
312-940-7001
[email protected]

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